Melis provides zest for vibrant Oranje

Published: Saturday 27 September 2008, 11.40CET
Netherlands 3-0 Belgium
Manon Melis scored twice and won a penalty for the third as the Oranje won the Low Countries derby to climb to ensure a play-off place.
by Berend Scholten
Melis provides zest for vibrant Oranje
The Netherlands are one two-legged tie away from the finals ©Leo Soeters
Published: Saturday 27 September 2008, 11.40CET

Melis provides zest for vibrant Oranje

Netherlands 3-0 Belgium
Manon Melis scored twice and won a penalty for the third as the Oranje won the Low Countries derby to climb to ensure a play-off place.

The Netherlands will progress to the play-offs from Group 4 for the 2009 UEFA European Women's Championship after defeating Belgium 3-0 in their final qualifier on Saturday.

Early chances
The Oranje made a determined start in Volendam, creating early openings for Manon Melis and Sylvia Smit which neither player took. Melis made amends with 16 minutes played, though, as she teased her way beyond two defenders on the left before cutting in and firing the ball into the right corner of the net. The same player then hit the post with a lobbed shot, and Belgium were glad to go in at the break just a goal down, knowing a draw would leave them in second place and keep their hopes alive.

Inspirational Melis
That changed in the 51st minute when Smit teed up Melis for the forward's second goal, while Melis also played a part in the third – earning a penalty which Karin Stevens converted on the hour. The Dutch jump two places to second, a position they will retain to reach the play-offs unless Switzerland become the first team to defeat pool winners Germany on Wednesday. But even then the Netherlands will progress as one of the four best third-placed teams.

Last updated: 06/10/08 17.07CET

Related information

Team profiles

Lineup

Netherlands

Netherlands

Belgium

Belgium

1Loes Geurts (GK)2Maud Coutereels
4Petra Hogewoning10Niki De Cock
12Anouk Hoogendijk11Inge Heiremans
9Manon Melis
Goal17'
Goal52'
4Heleen Jaques
11Sylvia Smit8Femke Maes (C)
6Sherida Spitse3Annelies Timmermans
10Karin Stevens
Goal60'
Substitution89'
5Hanne Van De Goor
7Annemieke Kiesel-Griffioen6Aline Zeler
Substitution55'
5Daphne Koster (C)16Kristien Elsen
Substitution78'
19Lianne de Vries
Substitution70'
1Sofie Van Houtven (GK)
3Manoe Meulen7Marijke Callebaut

Substitutes

2Dyanne Bito17Sophie Mannaert
8Karin Legemate9Kristel Verelst
23Angela Christ (GK)13Janice Cayman
Substitution78'
21Chantal de Ridder14Audrey Demoustier
18Janna Torny15Marjorie De Rammelaere
Substitution55'
20Kirsten van de Ven
Substitution70'
12Anneleen Haesen (GK)
15Claudia van den Heiligenberg
Substitution89'
18Lorca Van De Putte

Coach

Vera Pauw (NED) Anne Noë (BEL)

Referee

Alexandra Ihringova (ENG)

Assistant referees

Emma Everson (ENG), Sian Massey (ENG)

Fourth official

Anouk De Jong (NED)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Netherlands

    Netherlands

    Next match womensworldcup: v Belarus, 21 August 2010
  • Belgium

    Belgium

    Next match Not yet available
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA Women's Champions League logo and trophy are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.